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Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Academics | 0 comments

Tackling Online Classes

Tackling Online Classes

 

Any tips for tackling online classes?

Dear Katie,

Online classes are not the most conventional but nevertheless they are very convenient. I wrote a post about online classes and how to be excited about them! From my experience of taking online classes, the best thing to do is to be consistent and keep a schedule. What I experienced from online classes is that it can be really easy to be lazy and procrastinate since you do not actually need to show up to class or look at your professor in the face if you did not complete an assignment. Still, online classes are classes where you are graded so you need to do the work.

Something I did that was helpful when having online classes was to take notes. Even though it was not necessary since most of the material was already written and well-explained and I could use a word-processor, I found that I learned better if I physically wrote things out. It also disconnects you a bit from using the computer all the time and it was helpful to keep notes of what the class covered for studying later.

If you are tackling many online classes I would recommend that you separate a consistent time of the day or times during the week to dedicate to your classes. By creating a routine, you will not be tempted to procrastinate nor slack off since you will be used to it. An advantage of online learning is that it permits you to work at your own pace, so you can complete your assignments as early as you would like!

Good luck!

Maria

 

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

School vs. Life Experience

School vs. Life Experience

 

What is better school or life experience?

Dear Larry,

Talking in philosophical terms, life can teach you many things. And something that I’ve always heard is how you can be book smart but not wise, which is something you can only attain through time and experience. Still, I would argue that school teaches you a lot of life lessons such as responsibility, for when you need to get your work done; interpersonal skills, for when you have to be social and ask your classmates about homework; acceptance, for when you get a bad grade; determination, for when you want to get a better grade; and perhaps the most important, patience, for when you are waiting for your professor to post the grades. The context does not really matter when you are learning these universals that are the same to everybody. They are still lessons that you learn and what better way than to learn them in safe place like school when it is the time to make mistakes.

Talking in more practical terms, such as learning a trade or craft, there are careers that require on-the-job experience. Nevertheless, in today’s job market it is fairly difficult to attain a good job with merely life experience. As the nerd that I am, I would say that school is better just because I like learning and getting life experiences in a school setting.

Maria

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